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THE NOONER for January 23, 2015

 

 

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STAGE LEFT: Villaraigosa demurs on Senate prospects after Steyer bows out [Evan Halper @ LAT] - "Why hasn’t he decided yet? "When you seriously consider, you have to seriously consider," he said. With that, the former mayor politely declared that he was done talking."

The question now is which Latino runs (Becerra, Sanchez or Villaraigosa). Villaraigosa is most likely. Oh, and which Republican(s) run...

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: A Democrats-Only Race for U.S. Senate in 2016? Don't Bet on It [John Myers @ KQED] - "It's the political punditry flavor of the month: the delectable notion that the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot might feature a United States Senate race in California pitting two Democrats against each other. Don't bet on it."

UHM, WITHDRAWAL: U.S. Senate race sees a big pullout [Dan Walters @ SacBee]

Best non-investment the billionaire has ever made...

...but, Out of Senate race, Steyer now player in 2018 [Christopher Cadelago @ SacBee] - "Any political race would certainly be elevated by Tom's perspective and passion but I respect his decision," Newsom said. Later in an interview with KCBS, he was asked about the attention Steyer is getting about a run in four years – either for governor, or Senate. "Tom is worthy of that buzz," Newsom said.

LET THERE BE FLIGHT (from college): UC rejects policy linking coach pay, athletes’ grades [Nanette Asimov @ SFChron] - "The University of California regents on Thursday abruptly set aside a policy approved by UC President Janet Napolitano to tie coaches’ pay to the classroom success of student athletes after a robust debate over whether the academic bar was set too low."

And, from that story, we get the Jerry Brown Latin lesson of the day:
"Mens sana in corpore sano" = "A healthy mind in a healthy body."

FISHBOWL: SeaWorld offers details on whale tanks [Lois Weisberg @ UTSD] - "Blue World, as it’s being called, is a $300 million initiative that SeaWorld Entertainment hopes will captivate and educate its patrons while recognizing it is unlikely to silence its harshest critics."

Fearless Fearing response in 3...2...1...

 


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  • The Asian Paciific Islander Caucus of the Community College of California is hosting a reception Monday, January 26 from 4:30-5:30 at Chicory. More information.

  • The James Irvine Foundation 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon. Join Irvine and state policymakers in honoring California leaders and their breakthrough solutions to critical state issues. Presentations followed by a roundtable on leadership led by KQED’s John Myers. February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Sheraton Grand. Contact Tamara Torlakson - 916-288-2245.

  • Interested in learning more about health insurance in California, and about a key contributor to the Legislature's review of health insurance-related legislation? Great! Legislators, staff, advocates, and the public are warmly invited to the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP)'s annual legislative briefing on 1/29/2015 from 10:30 – 11:30 am. The briefing will provide information about CHBRP and the bills we analyze, how we do our work and the information we provide. Please RSVP to this free event online – REGISTER HERE tinyurl.com/qxx6myf

  • The California Charter Schools Association hosts its 5th Annual Back to Session Reception on Monday, February 2 from 5 p.m – 7 p.m. at Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K Street, Sacramento. Legislators and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to governmentaffairs@calcharters.org.

  • ]FORMER WASHINGTON DC LOBBYIST JACK ABRAMOFF discusses his rise and fall as the nation's most famous lobbyist in this exclusive interview: vimeo.com/93426393
  • Join Emerge California’s 2015 Beverly Hills Reception on Saturday, January 24 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Avalon Hotel located at 9400 W. Olympic Blvd in Beverly Hills. To join the Host Committee, please contact Nazneen Rydhan-Foster at naz@emergeca.org or visit the event page here.

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  • TRAINING FOR GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TO LEGISLATORS.  Experienced grassroots organizer Mark Wirth provides training and guidance for organizing the members of your organization for grassroots outreach to legislators.  Training on site at your location and designed to fit the needs of your organization.  www.markwirthgovrelations.com

  • Learn the legislative process and best practices for effective lobbying. Cover the complete spectrum of governmental advocacy in two days. Veteran lobbyist Ray LeBov presents "Lobbying 101" and "Lobbying 201" seminars January 29-30. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / support staff, organizations / public agencies that employ lobbyists. Complete info / registration: www.capitolseminars.net or 916 442 5009.
  • University of California Office of the President
    The Executive Director to represent the University of California in Sacramento on the University's long range/annual budget, capital resource acquisition/allocation plans, and other finance-related topics including investments, procurement, risk management, and accounting. Salary: Commensurate with Experience. jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57994

  • Small, downtown Los Angeles boutique law firm is looking for a full-time political and election attorney.

    Qualifications: Two to five years of relevant experience; demonstrated interest in political and election law; strong writing skills, flexibility, attention to detail, excellent academic credentials; law review or journal experience preferred.

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TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Big City: Disparate Education Plans From Obama and Cuomo
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President Obama proposes to make community college free for two years for qualifying students. Education ideas that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo endorsed include a tax credit for charitable contributions to public, charter and parochial schools.

California Billionaire Tom Steyer Says He Won't Run For Senate
latimes.com
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa emerged as the most formidable potential rival of state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat Thursday after billionaire Tom Steyer announced that he would not run.

Gavin Newsom, Jerry Brown On College Letters Of Recommendation That Helped Them | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
sacbee.com
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UC rejects policy linking coach pay, athletesâ
sfgate.com
The University of California regents on Thursday abruptly set aside a policy approved by UC President Janet Napolitano to tie coaches’ pay to the classroom success of student athletes after a robust debate over whether the academic bar was set too low. The policy made UC the nation’s second school, after the University of Maryland, to prohibit coaches and athletic directors from cashing in on hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonus pay earned from a team’s athletic success if players’ academic performance fell below a certain threshold. Some regents — notably Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Assembly Speaker John Pérez and Gov. Jerry Brown — argued strongly that the academic threshold was so low it would have no practical effect: Other potential consequences could be the replacement of bonuses in coaching contracts with guaranteed income not susceptible to the policy and steering student athletes into easier majors. Under the policy, academic performance would be judged by the Academic Progress Rate, a system from the National Collegiate Athletic Association that gives a score to each student athlete based on two factors: the athlete’s academic eligibility to play, and whether the athlete stays in school. “These kinds of low standards because of monetary factors distort the fundamental essence of the university,” said Brown, who wasn’t above throwing in a bit of Latin for emphasis. Pérez pointed out that every intercollegiate athletic team at UC except the UC Riverside men’s basketball team already meets the 930 threshold. [...] some regents said they were largely persuaded by the arguments of Dan Guerrero, athletic director for UCLA, who said there were at least half a dozen unintended consequences to raising the bar. In addition to contract changes and steering students toward easier majors, Guerrero said coaches would feel pressure to keep students on their teams rather than lose a point for letting them go. The policy was written in response to a devastating national report on intercollegiate athletics in 2013 in which UC Berkeley’s football and men’s basketball teams posted the worst graduation rates of all 72 schools with top-tier intercollegiate athletics teams. [...] the regents agreed to wait and try to come up with a better policy at another time. “She expects that athletic directors will be moving on their own to put in place measures to support student-athletes’ academic performance,” Montiel said. [...] she’s confident that further examination of potential standards and implications will ultimately benefit student athletes.

Barbara Boxer, Kevin Mccarthy Trade Blame Over Drought Bill | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
KEVIN FREKING @
sacbee.com
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Tom Steyer's Exit Shifts Senate Race Focus To Antonio Villaraigosa
latimes.com
With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa .

Rep. Adam Schiff Mulls U.S. Senate Run | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
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Three Senate Democrats join Obama in backing municipal broadband
latimes.com
Responding to a push from President Obama, three Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to revoke state laws that hinder local governments from getting into the broadband business.

Wendell H. Ford, Kentucky Governor and Senator, Dies at 90
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Mr. Ford, who rose to become the Democratic whip in the Senate, was best known for defending the tobacco industry and for pushing voter-registration laws.

Tom Steyer's exit shifts Senate race focus to Antonio Villaraigosa
latimes.com
s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

UC Backs Off Punishing Coaches For Players' Poor Academic Performance
Katy Murphy @
mercurynews.com
The policy would have made UC one of the first major universities to block bonuses for coaches and athletic directors whose teams fell below the NCAA's minimum academic standard for Division I teams, a composite score that measures the retention of student-athletes from year to year and players' eligibility.

Out Of Senate Race, Steyer Now Player In 2018 | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Christopher Cadelago @
sacbee.com
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Bart Board To Vote Today On E-cigarette Ban | News Fix | Kqed News
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Yenisley Dieppa tries different flavors as she purchases an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store in February 2014 in Miami, Florida.

Villaraigosa Leaves Mayors Group Hungry On U.S. Senate Plans | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Curtis Tate @
sacbee.com
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Race for Boxerâ
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A billionaire environmentalist bows out of the race, leaving the California attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, as the main candidate.

Opinion: U.S. Senate Race Sees A Big Pullout | The Sacramento Bee The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
sacbee.com
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'black Sea's' Jude Law Takes A Deep Dive Into Gritty Territory
latimes.com
Kevin MacDonald's new thriller 'Black Sea' marks a high point for Jude Law as a conflicted submarine captain in shadowy waters.

Macy's To Open New Distribution Center In Sacramento - Capradio.org
capradio.org
Macy's has agreed to take over 400,000 square feet of the old Campbell's Soup plant on Franklin Boulevard in Sacramento. Macy's will use the space for a new distribution center and will hire 100 full-time employees. Hackman Capital Partners owns and operates the facility. The company's Nate Ellis says Macy's will use the distribution center to move merchandise to western states."This piece of property located in south-side Sacramento close to the freeway system is actually a really good location for doing distribution. I think that was a big factor for them. And, we were pretty aggressive in offering them lease rates and things of that nature to entice them to come here."The Sacramento County Office of Economic Development says it negotiated an incentive program based on job creation to lure Macy's to Sacramento. Ellis says Macy's will invest $10.5 million in improvements at the old soup plant, which is now called the Capital Commerce Center.Hackman Capital Partners may match that amount.

Billionaire Steyer won't run for Boxer's Senate seat
JUDAH GRUNSTEIN @
politico.com
The billionaire environmentalist would have faced a tough fight against Kamala Harris.